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April 21, 2018

Does Recycling Make a Difference?

To Recycle or Not to Recycle?

by: Arlene Castro

Recycle Bins

That is the question my daughter recently asked me. Do your really think that recycling makes a difference? Of course, my reply was, Yes! It only makes sense to me. But then I got to thinking about it and wanted to find out how recycling is really helping our planet, so I started looking for more information and this is what I found:

Recycling Paper

An obvious reason to recycle is to help save trees which provide oxygen for the planet and help to preserve our wildlife that live in those trees. Recycled paper is more cost effective to purchase, uses less water consumption to make, and saves electricity. Over 400 kilowatt hours of energy are saved by recycling paper as opposed to making a 1 ton batch. It also helps in reducing oil dependence and air pollution by not having to burn fuel to make and burn it. Recycling paper has also helped create new jobs for collectors, sorters, and machine operators to name a few. 

Recycling Aluminum

It takes more and more resources and energy to make new items then to recycle them. For example: 20 recycled aluminum cans can be made with the same energy that is needed to produce one new aluminum can. By recycling one aluminum can it can save enough energy to keep a 100 watt light bulb burning for almost 4 hours or run your TV for 3 hours. So next time you think of tossing your can in a non recyclable bin think twice.

Recycling Glass

Glass is a popular recycled material. Mainly because of its raw material composite which is mostly sand and because it can be recycled over and over without compromising its quality. Recycled glass is the main ingredient in the making of new glass bottles. An estimated 80 percent of recycled glass is made into new bottles each year. Every 20 glass bottles you recycle will save two pounds of carbon emissions.

Recycling Numbers

How does it all add up? Each pound of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) that you recycle is not only a pound saved from a landfill dump, but it also saves 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The average person recycles 1.5 pounds of MSW every day, it can really add up and make a difference. Every ton of recycled MSW saves 2.27 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Happily, we are recycling about 1.5 out of 4.5 pounds of MSW each day. That is about 1/3 of our waste. If we can get the number to 50 percent, we'd save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per household in a year.

Social Benefits

Another great reason to recycle besides helping save energy and reduce carbon dioxide is to be able to help with causes. The Cans for Habitat program has a national partnership with The Aluminum Association and Habitat for Humanity where aluminum cans are recycled through a network of nationwide drop off locations to raise money for Habitat for Humanity which in turn builds affordable housing for low-income families.

Other Suggestions

As you have just read, Yes recycling makes a difference. With that being said, it is not the only thing we could do to help our planet. Other things to consider would be Buy green power for your home, be conscious about your transportation choices, take a bus or carpool, and become a weekday vegetarian and you will have cut your carbon footprint in half. Recycling is good for us and good for our planet : )

Remember we are available for all of your real estate needs at iGo Realty. Call us at (303)862-5457 or check out our home search site at igorealty.com

Happy Recycling! 


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Posted in Recycle
March 14, 2018

5 Important Things Sellers Forget to Do

House with Check List

When you're selling your home there's so much to do: find a Realtor, do touch-ups, look into staging...it's no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Real estate agents who have worked with many sellers - identify the to-do's that sellers typically overlook.

To-do No. 1: Google your address

Not all sellers scour the internet to find out what’s being said about their property, but they should. Nearly all buyers—90%—search online during their hunt for a home, according to the National Association of Realtors. You should be aware of what your online listing looks like, since it will influence the kinds of concerns buyers will have. Is the site’s estimated value very different from your asking price? It might be because tax records have the wrong information about the number of bedrooms or bathrooms your house has, and this is easily fixed. Consider this too: Google Maps’ street view of your property may not show improvements that you’ve made, so you’ll want to be sure to include those updates in your listing.

To-do No. 2: Account for improvements and issues

If you’ve owned your home for a while, make a list of all the problems you’ve solved while you’ve lived there. This could include chimney fires, water damage, or a flood in the basement. Whether you solved the problem or not, you should disclose this information to the buyer so you don’t wind up in a lawsuit after the sale. Disclosing “invisible improvements” that you’ve made, like re-grading or adding a French drain system, can also be a great source of comfort for buyers.

To-do No. 3: Consider social media marketing

You staged your home beautifully, picked a competitive price, and listed the property, but there’s something else you’ll need to prepare before you’re fully ready to sell—a social media marketing plan. Video tours, floor plans, and photo galleries promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are a great idea. You want to make sure that your agent is using all avenues to attract the right buyer for your home. Make sure your home has a presence on your agent’s website, their agency’s website, and is promoted on various sites that will market the home and give information about open houses.

To-do No. 4: Make sure the doorbell rings

Attention to detail - it’s those little cosmetic repairs that could cost you your home sale. If buyers see that you can’t even be bothered to repair a busted doorbell, they’re automatically going to think about what else may need fixing and view the home negatively. First impressions make all the difference. A well-kept home, starting with the view from the curb, gives the perception that the seller has great pride in the home and has taken good care of it—which translates into less energy and costs for the buyer as they prepare to move in.


To-do No. 5: Clean inside everything

Storage is a huge selling point for homes. So be warned: Buyers are going to poke around inside closets, drawers, cabinets, ovens, refrigerators, and even the dishwasher, whether they’re cleaned or not—so you’d better make sure they are clean. Spending the money on a service to deep-clean your home will come back to you at least 10 times in your sales price. Even if you’ve swept up and scrubbed all surfaces to a shine, you’re not done until dust, crumbs, and creepy crawlies are cleaned out from within the small spaces too. 

If you would like help in getting your home ready to sell, iGo Realty is here to help. Give us a call at (303)862-5457 or check out the most recent listings at iGo Realty Homes

Happy Spring!






Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 20, 2018

Clearing Clutter for Your Home and Life

Organized Closet

For me and many of us, a new year is a way to reflect on the past and how we can improve moving forward. With that being said, don't overwhelm yourself with what you should have done. A New Year gives us the opportunity to make changes to better our lives. One of the ways to help make these improvements is by clearing the clutter from our homes. Having a cluttered home can reek havoc on a person. For example, you may misplace a bill and end up paying it late. Or if you can’t find something because of the clutter, you will end spending more money to replace the item. You may also refrain from inviting family and friends over hurting you and your family from healthy social relationships. A neat, clean and organized home can give you a sense of calm, put control back in your life and add to your bottom line. So, this is a perfect time to get yourself organized for a new and uncluttered life in 2018. 

Let’s Get Started! What’s your excuse? Don't have time to clean up? Not sure where to start? Overwhelmed with tasks? Make it easy on yourself and start with baby steps. Start with 10 minutes today, then take another 10 minutes tomorrow - and the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet, drawer or a room. For those of you in need of little guidance to get started, here are some ideas:

Designate a spot for incoming papers - Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in different spots such as on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a drawer, on top of a dresser or in our car. No wonder we can’t find anything! Designate an in-box tray or spot in your home and don't put papers anywhere but that spot. This one little change can transform your paperwork.

Set up simple folders - Sometimes our papers pile up high because we don't have “good” places to put them. Create some simple folders with labels for your major bills and similar paper paperwork. Your system doesn't have to be complete, but keep some extra folders and labels close by in case you need to quickly create a new file.

Learn to file quickly - Once you’ve create your simple filing system, use it regularly. Make quick decisions: trash them, file them immediately, or make a note of the action required and put them in an “action” file. Don't put anything back on the pile, and don't put them anywhere but a file or a maybe box. NO cheating by putting them in the “to be filed” folders!

Create a “maybe” box -Sometimes when you’re going through a pile of stuff, you know exactly what to keep and trash. But then there’s stuff you don't use, but think you might want it or need it someday. So create a “maybe” box, and put it there. Then store the box somewhere out of the way. Put a note on your calendar six months from now to look in the box. Go through it at that time and see if there is anything you really need. You will be surprised at how many things in your “maybe box” that end up getting thrown out.

Clear off a counter - You want to get your house so that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Start with one counter an then later another and so on. Clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two essential things. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Keep it or toss it? When you’re debating as to whether something goes in a keep it, trash it, or maybe pile. Ask yourself these 5 questions:

When was the last time I actually used it? If the answer is more than six months then  it probably needs to leave the house.

When would I need it? I might need it someday isn't a good enough rationale. Figure out when and if that someday will occur and if you can't come up with a solid answer then toss it or give away.

Do I really like it?  This seems like an obvious rule, but it is critical. There is no point in keeping something around if you really don't even like it.

Pull out clothes you don't wear - Go through your closet and pull out clothes that you haven't worn in months or years. If they are any seasonal clothes that you use store them away. Get rid of the rest that have not been used by tossing or giving them away. You then will have a closet with only things you actually wear. 

Pull everything out of a drawer -Start with a drawer and later more drawers when time permits and empty it on your bed or table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: stuff that really should go in the drawer, stuff that goes elsewhere, or stuff to get rid of. Put the stuff back that should go in the draw in a neat and orderly manner. Orphan socks? Underwear you dislike? Toss them. Neat and tidy drawers will help you find what you need.

Looking for some help? There is a wealth of information to be found online and at the bookstore on this subject. For online resources, do an Internet search using the term: Declutter your house or here are two excellent articles to consider: 



Organizing your home can be stressful at first, but worth it in the end. Picture how much better your life will be without the clutter, because getting organized will provide you with more space, less stress, and less mess, and more money.

Remember, iGo Realty is here for all of your real estate needs whether it is buying or selling a home. For more details on house values in your area go to our website: igorealty.com or give us a call at (303) 862-5457.

Best Wishes for a happy, healthy and organized New Year!


* Resources Unique Litho

Posted in Home Organizing
Dec. 5, 2017

Teachers Changing Lives

Teachers with Heart

Our teachers work hard all year to not only educate our children, but they also play an integral part in their lives by becoming a role model. A good teacher can help change a student’s life. Each day throughout the year they must connect with a student on multiple levels teaching not only academics, but also important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond papers and tests. 

It is not always easy for them to get a student to pay attention and listen. It takes a great deal of patience and understanding to reach them. 

Not only do they give their time, but they also spend their own money for supplies and fun activities. 

I myself have very fond memories of my past teachers and will forever remember how they impacted my life in a positive way. 

As parents, Grandparents and society members it is important to recognize our teachers and all they do. So the next time you get a chance, recognize a teacher with a “Thank You” and maybe even a hug for all that they do to better our children's lives!

As a Thank You for all the hard work that our teachers do throughout the year, iGo Realty is sponsoring a Teacher Giving Tree for Christmas this year. If you are interested in participating call us at (303) 862-5457 or comment below. 


Posted in Community
Nov. 20, 2017

5 Reasons Why Being Thankful is Good

The month of November not only is a time to gather with family and friends, but it is also a time of the year to reflect and be thankful. Here are 5 reasons why being thankful is good for you. 

 1) You will have a healthier heart. According to a study of 186 men and women with heart damage. The study rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. The men and women were asked to write down things they were grateful for over an eight week period. Higher gratitude scores were linked to better sleep, better moods and less inflammation around the heart. 


2) You will get more sleep. Writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed can help if you are having difficulty sleeping. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to worry and racing thoughts found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention by spending 15 minutes in the evening writing about a positive event that happened or was anticipated to happen in the future, were able to quiet their minds and help them sleep better.It 


3) It makes you more positive. It can help create a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, they had three groups they split up. One group wrote down what they were grateful for during the week. The second group wrote down hassles during the week and the third group wrote about neutral things that happened. After 2 weeks the results showed the group that wrote down what they were grateful for was by far more optimistic and felt better about themselves


4) It Helps you make new friends. Having gratitude is a great way to build new relationships. People are more drawn to an individual that is grateful rather than one complaining all the time. This is not only good for building friendships and maintaining them but helpful if in the future you move or change careers and are looking to meet new people.


5) It improves physical health. In a study of 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better physical health.


It certainly seems to make sense. Being thankful is putting positive energy into the world, which in turn is a reflection of you. We at iGo Realty are extremely thankful to be able to sell homes to our customers and also being a part of a wonderful community. No matter how you spend your holidays, we wish you Peace, Joy and Love!





Posted in Community
Oct. 21, 2017

10 Reasons to Volunteer

Volunteer Pictureby: iGo Realty

Have you ever thought of volunteering or have volunteered? Here are 10 reason why to volunteer or to continue to volunteer.

1) It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. It makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

2) It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spend on local improvements. According to the Non Profit Times, the estimated value of a volunteer’s time nationally is $23.07 per hour.

3)Volunteers gain professional experience. You can test out a career to see if it is a fit for you now or in the future.

4) It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal, building camaraderie and teamwork.

5) It promotes personal growth and self esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

6) Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you can help: support families (daycare and eldercare. Improve schools (tutoring, literacy). Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs) Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

7) You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like: Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth. Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government. Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

8) You get a chance to give back. People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

9) Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

10) You make a difference. Every person counts to make a difference in our communities, schools and our government.

In 2015, according to nationalservice.gov Colorado ranked 18th among the 50 states and Washington, DC and Colorado had over 1,200,713 volunteers which provided 143.55 million hours worth of service. iGo Realty believes in giving back to our community and have had the privilege to help our local schools and create local community events.  Remember during this Thanksgiving: “One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time”. 

If you are thinking of volunteering, Volunteer Match makes it easy to match you up with an organization in your local community. Go to volunteermatch.org where they bring good people and causes together. 

*resource UC San Diego ucsandiego

Posted in Community
Sept. 18, 2017

7 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Green Ideas For the Colorado Homeowner

By iGo Realty

From Buying to maintaining a home here are 7 ways to make it greener.

1)  Consider buying a home closer to where you work. Although the gas mileage cars offer today is better than in the past, think of energy saved in a shorter commute.

2)  Invest in a home energy audit to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

3)  When comparing homes, consider the impact of trees. Large deciduous (leafy) trees are great natural climate controllers. In the summer, their leafy branches block the sun and help keep your home cooler (reducing cooling costs). In the winter, the bare branches let more natural light and heat through to your home (reducing heating costs). 

4)  If the property lacks trees, talk to a local landscape professional to determine the best kind to purchase, and the proper placement.

5)  Whether its your current home or one your considering, if the home has a large (and thirsty) lawn to water, consider replacing some of that lawn with xeric (dry) landscape design. If you have a HOA check with them first. For more information on this subject go to: Colorado Homeowner Xeric Landscape Design Information then click on yard and garden.

6)  Consider Energy Star homes. Energy Star is an energy efficiency certification program run by the EPA. Most new home builders in North East Colorado and Commerce City build Energy Star homes. Typical energy savings are estimated between $200 and $400 a year. 

7)  Even if a home isn't Energy Star rated, most commonly purchased home appliances (refrigerators, lighting, computers, televisions, clothes washers, dishwashers and air conditioning units) carry the Energy Star rating. Be sure your next replacement is Energy Star rated. For more information visit: www.energystar.gov 

If you want to find an Energy Star home in North East Denver contact iGo Realty, your go to experts for new home construction in Colorado at (303) 857-5056.

Posted in Green Living
Aug. 14, 2017

10 Ways to Make the Switch From Summer to School

Offered by iGo Realty

1. Kick Start Routines. Kids need time to adjust, so provide a head start. About two weeks before school starts, make bedtime earlier and dust off the alarm clock. Aim to serve meals at approximately the same times your child will be eating throughout the school year.

2. Set Up Ground Rules. Decide when and where she'll do homework. Be sure to cover tricky topics: Can she watch TV after she finishes her work? How late can friends visit on school nights? When's the caffeine cutoff? What about chores? Establishing guidelines and going over them together will make sure you're on the same page once school's in session.

3. Stressless Dressing. Let your child choose special first day clothes, To avoid arguing over school appropriate clothes, bring the fall wardrobe front and center. Replace sandals and swimsuits with socks, sneakers, and weather appropriate school attire.

4. Create a Game Plan Together. Discuss goals for the upcoming year, triumphs from the year  before, and some skills he would like to improve. Goals might include:

10 Ways to Make the Switch From Summer to School

Making three new friends or sitting at a different lunch table every week

Get involved in sports or a club

Making the honor roll

5. Liven Passions. If your child became a weaving whiz at summer camp or a diving champ at the local pool, keep it going. Integrate new summer hobbies into the school year by finding after school clubs or groups that will let them continue to do the cool new things they tried this summer.

6. Create the Learning Spirit. Assign creative "homework" as summer wanes: Ask him to identify a paw print in the park or photograph something that changes colors. Make family flashcards and quiz each other: What was the farthest you went from home this summer? What plans were rained out?

7. Take a Field Trip. Plan one last fact-packed trip to top off months of water parks and baseball games. You don't have to go far: Visit a nature sanctuary to learn about different plants and trees, or examine an old ship down at the docks.

8. Set Up a Homework Area. Create a quiet, well-lit space for study. Prevent first day freak-outs by hauling out the necessities: backpack, dictionary, atlas, calculator, art supplies, paper, and pencils. Make it personal and fun, but free from distractions.

9. Enhance Skills. Add more factual brain-bending activities into the everyday mix. Sudoku games, crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia all encourage your child to sit still, focus, and complete a task from start to finish.

10. Go for a Test Run. Take a trip to school, and get familiar with the new classroom. Make sure to find the cafeteria, gym, theater, and library. Don't forget about bathrooms! It's also a good time to size up cubbies, try out lockers, and locate a pay phone.

We hope these ideas help make it an easier transition for you and your family!

If your looking to switch homes this back to school season contact iGo Realty, your local North East Denver real estate experts at (303) 862-5457.

* Source: Scholastic.com

Posted in Family
July 17, 2017

Stay Cool at Home Tips

Tips to help Coloradans stay cool at home

Offered by iGo Realty

Saving energy is on everyone’s mind these days. But with the Dog Days of Summer upon us, keeping  our homes comfortable cool can really hike up those energy bills. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can all do to stay cool and keep those bills as low as possible. Here are some ideas:

Ceiling Fans - These fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both summer and winter.

Close the Draperies - Our strong Colorado sun is beautiful, but can quickly heat up a room. Do what you can to keep the sun out of a room by closing shades and draperies. Depending on the window location, you may want to consider installing an outside awning.

Limit Oven Duty - Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave, and won't warm the room like an oven. It also uses two-thirds less energy than your stove. The summer is perfect for enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors…so why not cook more meals on the grill?

Solar Control Window Films - Applied to existing glass on windows and doors, these window films do much to reduce the level of heat coming in through the glass.

Insulate - If the existing insulation is R-19 or less, consider taking it to a level of R-30.

Air-Conditioning tips - Clean or or replace filters at least once a month. Install a smart thermostat to help with setting times for cooling. 

No A/C try this - Keep windows and doors closed during the hottest hours of the day. Consider installing a whole house ventilating fan in the attic or in an upstairs window. With the window  open it will pull cool air through the home.

Hopefully these tips will make your home a cooler place!


If your looking for a realtor who is an expert in the Commerce City Real Estate market contact iGo Realty at (303) 862-5457



~ The average age of signers of theDeclaration of Independence was 45.

~ The lead author of the Declaration of Independence was, Thomas Jefferson (33)

~ The youngest signer was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin (70)

~ The only two signers that later became President of the United States were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Both    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day July 4th, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

~ Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies. 

~ There were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in 1776. The estimated U.S. population in 2013 was 315 million.



Posted in Green Living
June 21, 2017

Garage Sale Tips

Great Tips to Help Make Your Garage Sale Easy and Profitable

Offered by: iGo Realty 


Holding a yard sale is an ideal way to rid your house of clutter and get it ready to sell—plus pick up some cash for things you’re not using anyway.  And although a yard sale can be held just about any time in Colorado, you’ll find that May, June and July are the most popular times of the year for such an event. To help you make more money, have more fun—and make your garage sale highly successful, here are some tips and resources:


Don’t Procrastinate – Unless you have had several sales before, you’ll find it to your advantage to plan well in advance. In some neighborhoods this is a must, as some towns require homeowners to secure a permit. Regardless, by picking a date soon and working toward sorting through all of your stuff, coming up with prices, tagging everything, going to the bank for extra bills and change, etc., you won’t feel rushed come “yard sale” day.

You can’t always count on the weather forecast, but check the 10-day forecast before advertising your sale.  If a major storm looks like a possibility, it might be wise to postpone your event until the weather looks better.


Consider Joining Forces -  Perhaps you don’t have a ton of stuff to sell, but you still want to get rid of some things. Consider pooling your goods with friends or holding a neighborhood sale. iGo Realty will be happy to sponsor your next neighborhood garage sale event. Contact iGo Realty for details at (303) 862-5457.


Promote Like a Pro - Don't wait until the last minute to throw up some cardboard signs stuck to a lawn chair by the side of the road.  The week before the sale weekend put an ad in your local paper.  List the information on local, free posting sites.  And don’t forget to let family and friends know about your event. Create signs to post on street corners with directional arrows and hours to set out the night before. 


Getting Organized -  Go through those boxes in the attic, basement or garage and select items you can sell.  Then walk from room to room in your home, identifying things you no longer need.  Most of us have trouble parting with things, even if we never use them.  If you haven't used something for over a year, it's a good sign you won't miss it. Have your children go through their items they don't use or need.


Pricing to Sell - Most shoppers would rather know what you're asking for an item--thus, price tags are a necessity. Only about one-third of those will try to talk you down on the price.  Price every single item, one-by-one.  Blue painter’s tape and a black Sharpie marker work really well.


Displaying the Merchandise - Display your merchandise on folding tables (or plywood and sawhorses) to keep it off the ground. And organize your goods.  Don't make buyers dig through piles of junk to find the gems. Here’s one of the best web sites offering comprehensive set-up ideas:




Keeping the Money and Goods Safe - Don’t keep a cash box in full sight. Use a fanny pack around your tummy and keep it zipped up and in front of you--keeping a sharp eye and feel on it at all times. Set up your cash table near the entrance. Have plenty of small bills, change, a cash box, a calculator, pencil and pen. In this day and age, watch children who walk out with things in their hands.  Watch adults who wear jackets/hats, and groups where one tries to keep you engaged in questions while the others steal.


After the Sale -  After the sale, if higher priced items remain, call an auctioneer, local used furniture store or try listing them yourself online if you have experience. Another option is to take a tax write-off and have a local charity organization stop by to pick up the leftovers.  Be sure and find out what kind of items the organization will and will not collect. 


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Hopefully these tips will make your Garage Sale a fun and successful event! Best of Luck!


If your looking for a realtor who is an expert in the Commerce City Real Estate market contact iGo Realty at (303) 862-5457




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